Hi, I’m Shelly the oyster. I may be a humble sea creature, but I have a superpower. I make PEARLS! Not that I want to make pearls . . . any more than you want to have
a rock stuck in your shoe! Here’s how
Oysters and Pearls
Any shelly sea creature. Another word for this kind of sea critter is mollusk. Mollusks usually have soft bodies and hard shells. Think of clams, snails, oysters, or mussels.
WHO Can Make Pearls?
I’m glad you asked. If you picked up and dug around inside 100,000 mollusks living wild in the ocean, you’d probably find one pearl. Which leads us to . . .
How often does it happen, really?
Pearls have incredible value because they are so hard to find in nature. Not only are they scarce, they’re also incredibly smooth and tough. Plus—watch them shimmer! They are beautiful too! But there’s something even more valuable. Job 28:18 says, “The price of wisdom is above pearls.”
Why are pearls so valuable?
How are pearls made?
Now we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty . . . literally! A pearl is created when a bit of extra stuff gets stuck inside a mollusk’s shell. You may have noticed mollusks don’t have arms or legs. So they can’t just reach in there and yank out a bit of leftover food stuck in their maws. So it stays. Even a little bit of grit can be an irritant to the mollusk’s soft tissues. God made mollusks with the ability to cover up the irritating grain with nacre. Nacre is the same smooth material that makes up mollusk shells. Nacre builds around and around the mite of grit, making it smooth. Voila! A pearl is born!